High Street is a hard rock, heavily blues-influenced group that originated in Chicago. Now based in Los Angeles, the band is igniting their generation to partake in the most authentic, stripped-down, and honest type of rock and roll there is. Led by lead guitarist and songwriter Erik Findling and lead vocalist Noxigen, the band is delivering a fresh spin on classic rock with modern day influences.
High Street got its roots in lead guitarist Erik Findling’s Chicago attic. The young middle-schooler at the time – who first picked up a guitar at the age of four – enlisted his brother, Kurt, to assemble a group with some of their musically-inclined classmates. Their attic rehearsal space looked out onto the corner of High Street, inspiring the band’s name.
While still in junior high, High Street’s musical prowess surpassed some of the city’s most seasoned music veterans and allowed them to play at renowned Chicago venues such as The Double Door, Hard Rock Café, Subterranean, among others. As the band garnered more success, Findling began to compose original music for the group, and soon after, the band collaborated and recorded albums with acclaimed producer Sean O’Keefe, who is best known for his work with Fall Out Boy.
When it came time for the members to go off to college, the band parted ways. With this new development, Findling decided to pursue solo work, exploring different genres, and playing at a multitude of different venues. Once he moved back to Los Angeles, he felt inspired to start the band back up again. The band’s rebirth now includes the sensational vocals of Noxigen, Nic Metaxas on bass, and Brando Nikales on drums. Each member of the four-piece outfit brings a fresh new take on the hard rock genre. Using his background in Indian classical music, Noxigen delivers awe-inspiring vocals that fuse perfectly with Nikales’s energetic drumming, alongside Findling’s chill-inducing guitar and Metaxas’s rhythmic bass.
Noxigen – Lead Vocals
Noxigen is a musician and producer hailing originally from Chennai, India. With education from colleges like Musician’s Institute and Swarnabhoomi Academy of music, he has a vast array of skills ranging from his singing and guitar playing acumen to his forays into production, Mixing and Mastering. He first started singing at the age of 7, with training in South Indian Classical music. In his teenage years he picked up the guitar and with that, an affinity to recording and production. He is currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
His body of work includes artists and organizations like Karina Colis, Johann Berby, Wagon Park, Popcorn Kid, Lau Fares, Gryff, Raquel Rodriguez, Moorea Masa, Rotem Sivan, Musicares, Greek Theater and the Recording Academy. He is the lead singer for the band High Street and has his solo project, Noxigen.
Erik Findling – Lead Guitar
Erik Findling was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Coming from a musical family, he was introduced to the guitar at a very young age starting at just four years old. His older brother Kurt was a drummer, and during middle school they formed a hard rock group consisting of other classmates which would eventually become known as “High Street”. Unaware of the potential that lay ahead, they began playing neighborhood events just as a hobby at first. However when Erik got to junior high, he and the band were already headlining at renowned Chicago venues such as The Double Door, Hard Rock Café, Subterranean and many more. As the band gained more success and continued to tour around the midwest, Erik began to compose original music for the group and soon after, the band collaborated and recorded albums with acclaimed producer Sean O’Keefe, who is best known for his work with Fall Out Boy.
Early on in his career, Erik also began to become more involved in the Jazz scene. He was selected as the guitarist for the 2017 GRAMMY Combo where they recorded “Grammy 25” at the legendary Capitol Records in Los Angeles, as well as performed at the GRAMMY Awards After-parties. In addition, Erik was the only guitarist in the country to be selected for the prestigious Jazz Band of America that same year. He has since then recorded various studio albums featuring his own original compositions and classic standards. Erik has shared the stage with many artists such as Cinderella, Dave Liebman, Aloe Blacc, Chris Potter, Joey Alexander and much more.
Nicholas Metaxas – Bass
Nicholas Metaxas is a bassist and songwriter born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. Studying music theory for nearly half his life, he decided to pursue music alongside history at Cal Poly Pomona. While growing up Metaxas was exposed to a vast array of genres which shaped his modern day sound drastically. Bands such as Interpol, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday along others became staples in his playlists. In an attempt to amalgamate all these genres together, Metaxas picked up the bass at the age of 12 which quickly became nothing short of an obsession. He would practice a minimum of 6 hours a day for 3 years after starting and quickly became involved in many local scenes around the Inland Empire. Currently he resides in Corona, California.
Metaxas has played at a myriad of prestigious venues including that of Carnegie Hall, The Rose Parade multiple times, colleges all over the United States ranging from California to Chicago to New York. His goal in High Street is to add a complexity to the music and separate themselves from other rock groups.
“Don’t work harder a day in your life. Work smarter every moment of it.”~Nicholas Metaxas
Brando Nikales- Drums/Backing Vocals
Brando Nikales is from Jakarta, Indonesia. Growing up in a musical family, Brando picked up the drums at just 12 years old and immediately fell in love with the instrument while he began playing at church at a young age.
Brando always dreamed about wanting to be a drummer professionally, and right after highschool he decided to move to the United States to pursue his dream and enrolled in Musician’s Institute. Apart from doing various session work, Brando is well versed in a variety of genres that include rock, funk, R&B, hiphop, jazz, latin and gospel. His backbeat to High Street is the source of the band’s driving power and rhythm behind each song.